Barclays Launches New Emirates Cards

At the beginning of the year, we wrote about the confirmation that Barclays would partner with Emirates to release their credit cards. Well, if you’ve been waiting for an update on that, we’ve got some good news for you.

The Details

Barclays has released two different Emirates cobranded cards! The two cards are broken down below:

Emirates Skywards Reward World Elite Mastercard
  • $99 annual fee
  • Sign up bonus of 30,000 miles after $3,000 within first 90 days
  • Emirates Skywards Silver Status (you get this status for 1 year, then need to spend $20,000 within calendar year thereafter to keep it)
  • 3x: Emirates.com or at Emirates Sale office
  • 2x: airfares, hotel stays and car rentals
  • 1x: everywhere else
  • 25% savings when you purchase or gift miles
Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard
  • $499 annual fee
  • 40,000 mile after $3,000 in spend within 3 months
  • Emirates Skywards Gold Status for first year, than $40,000 in spend in cardmember year to keep it
  • 10,000 anniversary miles after spending $30,000 within cardmember ear
  • Priority Pass Select
  • Global Entry/TSA Precheck credits
  • 3x: Emirates.com or Emirates Sales office
  • 2x: airfares, hotel stays and car rentals
  • 1x: everywhere else
  • 25% savings when purchasing or gifting miles

Final Thoughts

Overall, I think these are terrible cards. I would argue that maybe someone wants to pick these cards up because of the Skywards Silver/Gold status they provide. The problem there is that you only have the status for a year. After that, you have to spent an insane amount of money every single year to keep it. The other problem with this amount of spend is that the card is releasing in the middle of a pandemic. How are people supposed to spend that kind of money right now?

I get that Emirates is a more upscale airline with some of its offerings. But I just don’t think either card has good potential at any spend level. Maybe these cards will make more sense when everything is cleared out, but for now, I can’t say that either of them do. I’m curious to see if we’ll see a pullback the same way that we saw the Arrival card from Barclays get a revision soon after launch.

What do you think about these cards? Are you going to pick either one of them up? Let us know down in the comment section below!

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